On a Clear Day | Tree at Wind Cave

On a Clear Day | Tree at Wind Cave

On a Clear Day | Tree at Wind Cave  This lone tree has been one of my most frequent subjects in one of my favorite national parks , Wind Cave.  And, I have actually captured a couple of images of it I like, although it has been a challenge.  Many times the sky and weather haven’t cooperated with my visit.  I can’t wait until my next visit.  Maybe, I’ll capture a better image.  To see the entire story with all seven images, go to On a Clear Day | a 7 Image Story.

On a Clear Day | a 7 Image Story

On a Clear Day | Grand Tetons FlatsOn a Clear Day | a 7 Image Story   Most people like a clear day.  Some days are obviously clearer than others.  These 7 images represent some of my clearest days, although not the absolute clearest.  (My clearest day was in Alaska while flying northwest out of Fairbanks.)   We also expect more from images on a clear day.  They are supposed to be good.  After all, it was a sunny, clear day.  These images also come from some of my favorite places: the Grand Tetons, the Badlands, Wind Cave, Yellowstone, Montana, and flying.

The Grand Tetons get many clear mornings.  Low lying fog along the Snake River still lingers for this mid morning image.  Fall color in Teton country provides many contrasts between the flats and the mountains.  The lone tree has been one of my most frequent subjects in one of my favorite national parks, Wind Cave.  The Montana countryside is clear and filled with contrasts.  With hay stacked sky-high, the Bridger Mountains stand many miles in the background.  Northbound along the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan, it’s a clear day, CAVU.  Reflect on the grandeur.  Rocks at the Badlands are truly inspiring with their stark contrasts and large rock formations.  The great plains are known for their thunderstorms.  Sure, this Storm over the Badlands was a very lucky click to capture the lightning.  Although Yellowstone is not necessarily known for its mountains, the mountains help put the rainbow in perspective.

Each image will be posted individually this week with a bit more narrative under category On a Clear Day. 

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Wind Cave NP

Wind Cave NP

Wind Cave NP  Perhaps my favorite national park , Wind Cave, never disappoints.  This lone tree has been one of my most frequent subjects.  And, I have actually captured a couple of images of it I like, although it has been a challenge.  Can’t wait until my next visit.  Maybe, I’ll capture a better image.

Lone Tree at Wind Cave

Road Tree @ Wind Cave

Lone Tree at Wind Cave: a good image of this tree has eluded me for several years.  I have probably taken hundreds, maybe thousands of images of this tree.  However, this image is the first that I really like.

It all started on my first trip to Wind Cave NP in 2008.  Wind Cave is just a great park; secluded and quiet with a feeling of remoteness.  You can drive through the park on the one gravel road, stop the car, turn off the engine, and hear: nothing, for a moment, then the sounds of nature.  It is totally quiet of the sounds of man and screaming with the sounds of pure nature.

Then, I returned twice in 2009, once in 2010, and now once in 2011.  Each time capturing images of this lone road tree.  Sometimes the sky was not creative, sometimes I did not get the angle, etc.  I tried color, HDR , and now B&W.  When the composition is off; well, it’s off.  Perhaps, my eye for composition is getting better.  Perhaps, I just got lucky.  Anyway, this image seems better to me.